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on the "today" show, fife days after being kidnapped and held in captivity in syria. just hours before this shot of them this morning, they were freed by a syrian rebel group who rescued them from an unknown group that had taken them and that had held them for five, long, horrible days. the rebel group not only rescued these three, they then took responsibility for driving them to the border and getting them safely out of syria. they were in syria in the first place to cover the war there. this is footage of richard's last piece for nbc news before the kidnapping happened. richard and his team are veterans in this field. they've been working together for a decade in just about every corner of the world you can imagine, including long stints covering the war in iraq. also the war in afghanistan. when they filed this report last week from aleppo in syria, they reported that conditions were about as bad as you can imagine. bread lines, no medicine, a bombed out hospital, and a lot of very, very desperate civilians in syria's largest city. it was after filing that devastating report that richard eng
. see you tomorrow. ♪ ♪ >> doug: the violence in syria reaches fever pitch as assad deals with a major defection. this is "special report." ♪ ♪ >> doug: good evening. i'm doug mckelway in for bret baier. christmas did not bring peace to syria. death toll rises each day with the estimates as high as 4,000 lives lost. president bashar assad struggled to hold on to power, the regime is still dealing with a major defection by a top general. leland vittert has the developments. >> reporter: continues to use helicopter and fighter jets at will. rebels now have the momentum. the amateur video confirmed shows the rebels fighting for back of the pickup trucks and turned in to machine gun carriers and they tighten it on the base. the less equip rebels fighting for whatever fire power they can find or build. this is a school that has been taken over by the assad thugs explained this rebel. before launching a homemade rocket from nearby building. other videos from around the country show free syrian army fighters using the same crude weapon. however, turning citizens to seasonals with little o
. >>> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend." new activity on syria's chemical weapons and the heightened fear they may fall into the wrong hands. >>> aurora, penn state and, of course, newtown. we countdown the top ten biggest crimes of 2012. >>> "time" magazine named president obama person of the year, but do you know who their reader's choice was? you might be surprised. >>> it is sunday, december 23rd, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >>> we begin with breaking news. the brutal gang rape of a woman is sparking protests in india. protesters chanting "we want justice" in new delhi. the 23-year-old was attacked on a bus last weekend. cnn has learned that a journalist has been killed in demen strags today and we'll bring you much more on this as soon as we get it. >>> now, to a tearful ending and a new beginning in connecticut. flags will be raised to full staff today for the first time since the shooting at sandy hook elementary school. this comes just after the final three funerals for the victims of that tragedy. emilie parker, josephine gay. all littl
weekend in egypt and there was news from syria. the pentagon announced that it will send patriot air defense missiles and 400 troops to turkey as part of a nato force. the aim is to protect turkish territory from potential missile attacks from syria. this comes as russia is backtracking on yesterday's statement that the opposition might actually win there. >> syrian forces bombing rebel positions on the turkish border earlier this year. the wounded brought across to the turkish side. syrian shells have landed on turkish territory itself also causing casualties. it could be vulnerable to serbian missile fire, turkey asked to protect against any such threat, we are deploying two patriot battalions here to turkey, along with the troops that are necessary to man those batteries. so that we can help turkey had a missile defense that they may very well need in dealing with threats that come out of syria. >> the american defense secretary announcing that the u.s. was joining germany and benevolence in providing patriot missiles. does this risk raising the stakes? >> i see these as predomina
others around the world are celebrating the holiday. anti-government rebels in syria said there in control of the border town with turkey. around 700 people have crossed the border to find refuge in turkey. more than half of a million people have fled from syria, and the syrian president bashar al- assad has said he would do whatever he can to end the violence to on boy -- envoy lakhdar brahimi. zeina khodr, what about this story that they have taken the border town? >> it is a small town, but there has been a long, difficult fight over three months. they have had between 100 and two hundred soldiers held up. was a difficult fight for the rebels. strategic, it is not in the sense that it will allow them to make further advances, but the rebels are trying to clear the border region from government forces. when now, they control most of the border region aside from a main border crossing. >> what about the context with lakhdar brahimi's visit to damascus? >> well, as we know, very little progress on the political front, which means more fighting is expected, but what we hav
't need to press "0," i'm here. reach a person, not a prompt whenever you call chase sapphire. >>> syria has seen 21 months of war. this weekend may have been the worst yet. more than 300 people were killed yesterday aalone. that's the highest toll since the devastating civil war erupted. this is a grim milestone, that saturday could be the deadliest day yet in syria's civil war? >> that's right, alison. the numbers from activists are staggering even by standards that we've grown accustomed to in syria where we routinely these days hear of death tolls over 100 a day, especially in the past week. we're talking about at least 397 people reported dead throughout syria yesterday as a result of the violence there. this unabating civil war raging for so long. we're told by opposition activists that at least 200 of these people were killed in hunts province. they say after the syrian regime recaptured the town, they took hundreds of people away and that they executed them, summarily executed them. activists say they got the intelligence from a captured syrian soldier who told them about the mas
five days in syria. the latest details on their escape. it's haul l all "happening now" jenna: great to have you with us on this tuesday. i'm jenna lee. jon: i'm jon scott. the latest on the tragedy in connecticut. while investigators search for answers there are some students are heading back to school right now. rick leventhal has the latest from newtown. what is going on there today, rick? >> reporter: jon incredibly challenging times for the community, struggling are with the aftermath after that horrific mass murder. sending kids back to school and reassuring those kids they will be safe in those classrooms. in fact security has been beefed up at the six cools in the newtown school district that reopened their doors today. a sign in one window said, quote, we are strong. the flags are flying at half-staff. the we also saw more moving vans rolling from sandy hook elementary which is the one school still closed. it is still considered a crime scene. all the desks and chairs and equipment and supplies from sandy hook are being moved to another hill. chalk hill, in the town of monro
for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the world flock to belles a to bethlehem lining up to see the birthplace of jesus. leland vittert live from bethlehem, sending christmas greetings to us like nobody else can. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: you're right it is really a roo tphaoebg and magical place on earth to be for chris nass. i'm going t christmas. you see the christmas tree all lit up and past that the church of the nativity where tonight there are a couple of thousands of people lined up trying to head inside and down to the bible when th grothe tow where the bible said jesus was born two m ma malennia go. the pope took a political penned talking about the nation of palestine certainly on the mind of a lot of people here, a lot of locals in bethlehem and the west bank. nobody really does christmas celebrations like they do in the west bank. palestini
five days in syr syria. as they wrestle for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha radda raddatz. >> reporter: they ambush bid a dozen heavily armed men. one of the rebels they were with was exkutd on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands down and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. is still an american freelance journalist who is still hostage in syria. is this a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that has already clamd more than 40,000 lives. >> so many dangerous journeys into syria by reporters. and we think of all those who live there and who have suffered so much. thank you, martha, reporting in. we did celebrate the news of richard engel today. >>> we move on next to the holiday. exodus under way as 93.3 million americans plan a t
offensive. elizabeth palmer visited the town in southern syria. >> reporter: conflict has engulfed syria over the past 21 months from one end of the country to the other, but so far it's barely touched the town in southern syria near the border with jordan. the people who live here are a religious group that's allied itself with president bashira a assad. the regime is anxious to showcase its community showing supporters willing to reinforce the line. it's a terrorist campaign by extremists. >> are you afraid they'll come here? >> of course we're afraid, the governor told me, if they don't stop. the conflict will come here. so far local authorities have kept it at baby supporting violent crackdowns on the slightest sign of anti-regime protests. the strategy worked because government critics in this community were always a vocal but small minority. it's made sway da an island of calm and a refuge. about 10,000 of the almost half a million people placed inside syria have been offered shelter by the local government. they're housed in a local summer camp about two miles from the center of t
. >>> more than 100 people were killed in syria today. civilians doing nothing more than waiting in line for bread. witnesses say a syrian military aircraft dropped bombs on this small village and hit a bakery where scores of people were gathered trying to get desperately-needed food. witnesses say the hospitals cannot handle all the casualties. >>> the people of egypt give a thumbs up to a new constitution drawn up by the country's most islamist assembly. this weekend was the second round of a nationwide referendum. the new constitution adjusts the leadership positions and clarifies how the country's laws are made. we'll know the final results in just a few hours. >>> hours ago hawaii senator daniel inouye was laid to rest. he represented hawaii in washington for more than five decades, ever since hawaii became a state in 1959. the 88-year-old senator was also a war hero. he lost his arm in world war ii. president obama and the first lady attended today's funeral in hawaii. obama has said inouye was his earliest political inspiration. >>> we are not going to budge. that's the message fr
. it is not taxpayer they were released in syria, but they escaped after a firefight. we will hear from richard engel about the psychological torture he encured at the hands of the syrian regime. you take the picture. you ed it the picture. you post the picture online and now facebook's new acquisition will sell that picture without paying you or even telling you. >> a kidnapping, and days of psychological torture, a firefight between firefights and pro government thugs that is what a veteran journalists survived in war torn syria the man in question is the nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent, richard engel who once worked here. he and his team were traveling with a group of rebels near the border with turkey and iranian-trained gunman loyal to bashar al-assad ambushed them, executed at least one of the rebels, and took them into captivity. >> they kept us blindfolded, bound, we we were not physically beaten, but psychological torture, threats of being killed, saying we would have to choose who would be shot first. >>shepard: as they were blindfolded they wondered what was going on. richard
after being kidnapped in syria. they had not been heard from since thursday. nbc reports that they had been held captive by an unknown group not loyal to the assad regime. the kidnappers attempted to transport them when they hit a checkpoint and gunfire erupted. everyone in that crew is safe. they're out of the country, back in turkey of the we'll follow the story throughout the morning. stay with us for updates. >>> there is rain on the radar right now. storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein is here with with us now for what it means to us. tom, good morning. >> that rain is in to west virginia now. it's coming from an upper level disturbance that been moving in along a front that's going to sweep in later today and bring us gusty winds. getting sprinkles of rain. much of west virginia into southeastern ohio, western pennsylvania. this disturbance going to pass right over our region here by later this morning and early afternoon. ahead of that, we've got some chilly temperatures. these areas in blue in the 40s. our northern, western suburbs as well as in the shenandoah valley and moun
standoff in iran and syria have taken a dangerous turn today. we already knew iran had been shipping weapons to the iranian regime. now fox news has learned that syria is repaying iran with advanced missile defense systems. i meant to say that iran is shipping weapons to syria. at any rate. intelligence sources tell us that syria has flown planes loaded with fa 17 surface to air missile systems to iran for the iranians the missiles are a major score. a serious upgrade to what iran has had up until now. experts say the sa 17s would make it much harder for the west or israel to launch an air attack on iran's nuclear sites. leland vittert with the news in our middle east bureau this morning. leland? >> shep, this definitely changes the strategic map of the middle east. not only for iran vs. israel but also iran vs. united states. these systems are enough any plans they have to attack iran's nuclear facilities. >> designed by russia to protect its city's military bases and icbm by attack by the united states. the sa 17 is among the most sophisticated air defense systems in the world. rus
there is troubling news on the civil war that is raging some 21 months now in syria. the international envoy trying to help end the violence there says that he's still worried there's been no progress in the ending of the bloodshed that's claimed thousands of lives. hi, everybody, i'm jaime colby, today i'm in nor jenna lee. >> reporter: i'm kelly wright in nor jon scott. the u.n. envoy meeting face to nice with the syrian president today. while their account of that meeting was lens hopeful we are hearing now even more troubling reports the syrian army may have used a deadly poisonous gas on their own citizens. leland vittert lived from bethlehem in the west bank with more details. good day to you. >> reporter: good day. it's a little bit tear lee to figure out what may or may not have happened in terms of a report of a possible chemical weapons attack. right now we are seeing no serious split along religious lines inside that country. you can see it from the latest video. an air strike on what the rebels claim was a bakery line. when you look at this video it shows a lot of armed men in camoufla
. our own richard engel and his crew set free after being kidnapped for five days inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both sides define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea. just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> four days since the tragedy that altered our entire country, the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. 9 national rifle association, routine teenl referred to as the most powerful lobbying in the country have been silent out of respect for the victims after one man took 28 lives including his own, 20 little school children in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health the gun control debate has come roar into the american conversation in addition the nra is promising to say more at a news conference at the end of the week. we begin with tom costello in
inside syria. tonight we'll hear from richard about what happened and how they made it out. >>> is there a deal in sight on that so-called fiscal cliff? that may hinge on how both side define "rich." >>> and making a difference. it started as a simple idea, just being kind. tonight ann curry reports on the overwhelming response now being felt around the world. overwhelming response now being felt around the world. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television 6 captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. four days now since the tragedy that altered our entire country. the gun lobby has spoken its first words on the subject. the national rifle association, the nra, which is routinely referred to as the most powerful grassroots lobbying organization in this country, has been silent. they said today out of respect for the victims. ever since a troubled young man with four firearms took 28 lives, including his own, 20 of them little children at an elementary school in newtown, connecticut. along with mental health, the gun control
. well now to the escalating darn knowledge in syria. the new commander of rebel forces there says he is, quote: very afraid. that if cornered the government will use deadly chemical weapons on its own people. really he should know. this vicious civil war in syria has been raging for two years. civil rights activists claim more than 40,000 people have been killed. observers say the number could be much higher as both sides may be hiding the true numbers of casualties to give the appearance that each is winning. that rebel commander recently gave a rare interview to the associated press. in it, he claims that he has to move constantly to avoid government spies. he also claims to have 120,000 fighters under his command but is he asking for western military assistance. warning the war could continue for months. at the same time, there is word syria's interior minister was seriously wounded in a bomb attack last week. "the fox report's" correspondent jonathan hunt is with us in the studio tonight with more. jonathan, this rebel commander admitting weakness of the opposition. >> yeah. newly
syria from a brave man. a man who during one of our conversations told me since the beginning of this revolution, since he began demanding freedom for his country with his voice that he, this 38-year-old man can hear his voice for the first time. we are getting word from his family this week that syrian secret police have detained him and his brother. they are holding them at a location called building 215, an infamous facility used for torture and abuse. you can see him standing on the right side of this photo, he holds a ph.d.. he's a dean at the european college in syria. his brother is a medical student studying at the university of damasc damascus. relatives say time is of the essence to free them. they want us to tell this story in the hopes that someone inside syria and the regime will listen. the family posted a facebook page demanding the brothers released and declaring the assad regime responsible for their wellbeing. he came on this program more than a dozen times updating us on what is happening inside syria. what he was seeing with his own eyes. he knew he was put
share her story ahead. >>> last time we told you about a troubling situation in syria, for more than a year now, zaidoun has been our voice inside syria. he put his own safety at risk repeatedly at his request, i should add, to tell us about the brutality of the assad regime. the horrors of the war raging around him. the freedom to speak out. he did it over and over, bravely speaking with us more than a dozen times. speaking truth to the ongoing lies the assad regime has repeatedly told. this week we learned that zaidoun and his brother were taken away by syria's secret police. their relatives say time is of the essence to win their release. they created a facebook page to raise awareness and demand their freedom. they want us to tell their story in the hopes that someone inside syria will listen. we're not forgetting them. tonight and neither should you. we want to take a moment to listen to my first conversation with zaidoun more than a year ago, and his explanation of why he was willing to put himself in danger to speak with us. >> when i chant i want freedom. i can hear my voice
reporter richard engel talks about being held captive for five days in syria. hear how he and his crew were kept this constant fear for their lives. i'm barbara harrison. >> and i'm keith russell. >> a true story of relief after our colleague was captured in syria. >> richard engel and his crew are safe arrest enduring psychological torture for five days in that war-torn country. angie joins us with more on this harrowing story. >> reporter: good morning. the face of nbc news known for covering some of the world's most dangerous stories found himself in the headlines after disappearing with his crew in syria. >> i'm very happy that we're able to do this shot this morning. >> we're in good health, we're okay. >> reporter: on the "today" show after a terrifying five days of being captive. earlier this morning we got our first glimpse and he talked about the traumatic experience. >> we were with some gunmen, rebels who were escorting us. theyxecuted one of them on the spot and they kept us blindfolded, bound. we were not physically beaten or tortured. it was a lot of psychological torture. thr
with the growing threat from the neighboring syria. 400 troops will join nato forces and stand ready to act if syria intends to unleash chemical weapons. fox's leland vittert is in our middle east bureau. leland, just a few days ago the head of nato said the assad regime is about to collapse. why deploy these troops now? >> reporter: it really has to do with showing solidarity with the turks who are clearly very scared and timing comes a couple days after we learned that the syrians were mixing chemical weapons to possibly use. so this is the united states and nato's way of really get being behind turkey, a close ally saying we support you. the secretary of defense was quick to point out that the patriot missiles are just that, defensive weapons that will be put down along the syrian border to protect syria, protect turkey from attacks by syrian jets or scud missiles that would fly in but that is not exactly the whole story. the patriots could be easily programmed and put in a no-fly zone over northern syria. so far turkey is denying that as is nato saying this is purely defensive move by t
. >>> in syria the military police chief has defected from president assad's government. this video shows a man identified as the official. i want you to take a listen. >> translator: i announce my defection from the regime and joining the peoples revolution because the syrian military has strayed from the core mission in protecting the homeland to become nothing but an armed gangs that kill and destroy cities and villages carrying out massacres that came out demanding freedom and dignity. >> pretty strong words. this would be one of the highest level defections in the 21 months they've been fighting. the prime minister and general were close to al assad and they also left the regime in recent months. first of all, tell us, this guy, i mean he essentially says they're thugs going after their own people. this seems pretty significant. >> reporter: well, that's right. he's identified on this tape as the general. aside from the video, we spoke with officials from the free syrian army today. they confirmed to us and helped this man escape syria and he's now in turkey. they say it's significant beca
days in syria, and highlights the danger in the shadows there. as the rebels and the terrorists and president assad wrestles for power, i want to bring in abc's foreign affairs correspondent martha raddatz. >> reporter: good evening match truly terrifying ordeal for richard engel and his crew. they were ambushed by more than a dozen heavily armed men, believed to be loyalists to assad's government. one of the rebels they were with was executed on the spot in front of them. they were blindfolded, hands bound and threatened with death. he talked about it after he was freed this morning. >> they made us choose who would be shot first. and when we refused there were mock shootings. they pretended to shoot gazi several times. >> reporter: gazi is one of the crew. they escaped with the help of rebels at a check point after a fire fight where two of the kidnappers were killed. there is still a young american freelance journalist, austin tice, who has been held hostage since august in syria. and this is all a reminder how out of control things are in syria. a conflict, as you know that
says the accountability review board report provides a clear look at syria's systemic challenges that we've begun to fix and says i accept every one of them. so clearly taking responsibility for the state department and saying listen, we've already begun to fix these problems. >> established that task force. that report did have this finding, the board did not find reasonable cause to determine that any individual u.s. government employee breached his or her duty. so they were assigning blame more to the system than any one particular person. >> which is good news for the secretary of state. i would imagine. >>> out of syria and lucky to be alive, nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engle has a nightmare story to sell after he and his crew were kidnapped in syria. they were rescued by rebels during a gun battle at a checkpoint monday night. the men were grabbed last week shortly after entering the country from turkey. they were blind folded, bound and threatened with execution, but never physically harmed. >> the last five days were very difficult. we're very happy to be ou
, and for a 30-day free trial, go to axiron.com. >> axelrod: russia's foreign minister says syria's arsenal of chemical weapons is "under control" in two locations. sergei lavrov calls the conflict in syria, not in it's 21st month, a stalemate. he says that "any country wanting to offer sanctuary to syria's president bashar al- assad, should ask him directly. russia is not getting involved." this christmas season, peace on earth seems more elusive than ever. earlier today, i spoke with former undersecretary of state nicholas burns and asked who, if anyone, will be the peace makers? >> when i was growing up listening to people like lyndon baines johnson or richard nixon or hubert humphrey, kennedy, eisenhower before that, their mantra was the highest aspiration of our society should be peace. it's interesting since 9/11 our political leaders have stopped telling us that. it's time they started reminding us again. the ancient elusive goal of peace, it's part of the american tradition. it's part of who we are as a country. >> axelrod: so if the mechanisms of security have to do with the proper
time we told you about a troubling problem in syria for more than a year now, zaidoun has been our voice inside syria. he's 38 years old and i consider him a hero. he put his safety at risk. he told about the horrors of syria. he did it over and over, bravely speaking with us more than a dozen times. speaking truth to the ongoing lies the assad regime has repeer repeatedly told. he and his brother were taken away by syria secret police and they are being held. time is of the essence for their release. they've created a facebook page. they want us to tell their story in the hopes that someone inside syria, maybe someone inside the regime will listen. we are not for getting them and neither should you. i want you to listen to my conversation with zaidoun more than a year ago and why he was willing to put his life in jeopardy to speak with us. >> when i chant, i want freedom. i can hear my voice for the first time in my life. now, how can i give up this even if it costs me my life? >> what does that feel like to be the age that you are and to be able to hear your voice for the first t
. >> reporter: but kerrie is not totally in sync with obama, and he has had limited intervention in syria, something the froms has resisted. kerry has built deep relationships with many foreign leaders? there are very few people in our country with greater experience over a longer period of time in foreign policy than senator kerry. >> i want to bring in jessica yellin live from the white house. i covered kerr ney 2004 when he was running for president and he was successfully caricatured as someone who was out of touch. give us a behind-the-scenes look at who he is and how he relates to people. >> reporter: well, senator kerry is a statesman, a man who has been working in washington for so many years that it is easy to paint a caricature of him that way. he is a man who has developed a relationship with president obama which is what's meaningful today and here at the white hou house. he is, as kate pointed out, was dispatched by the president not just two times or a number of times during foreign sort of mini crises, but very, very delicate situations and he has successfully eased the way
, who is 31, he has been missing in syria, and he is now a journalist, freelancing for the "washington post" among others, missing in syria since august 13, as far as i am aware and i have not heard anything other than the state department say they were in touch once with the syrian government but no idea where he is. >>gregg: fox weather alert. the latest deadly storm has smacked the upper midwest with a foot of snow and it is triggering a sly of delays at the airport on the major holiday travel day and if you are trying to drive through the storm good luck. you can see how the blizzard conditions forced cars and trucks to kid off the roads and a state patrol captain has advise. for the holidays folks want to hit the roads early and if you could delay it by a day that would be great. it will be a time before things are cleaned up. >>gregg: more than 1,000 flights were canceled and we see fewer cancellations today but plenty of delays. we go like to o'hare in moments but, first, rick is standing by in the weather center. where is the storm headed now? rick: it is moving offshore. all t
. >>> and a real scare in syria turns into a real happy ending. tonight we'll tell you how nbc's richard engel escaped from his kidnappers. >> i'm very happy that we're here this morning. >> thanks for watching. it may be a rare moment in gun history, but the nation is focused on gun control following the massacre in connecticut. the national rifle association finally broke its silence on the newtown shooting. a statement released today by the organization said, in part, the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. the language is similar to president obama's call for meaningful action, but contribution from the nra remains to be seen. but several republican politicians are already headed in the direction of change. michigan governor rick snyder saw republicans in his state legislature pass a bill to allow guns in schools and day care centers. the bill was passed one day before the tragedy in newtown, connecticut. today the republican governor vetoed the bill. according to the detroit news, snyder vetoed the bill because it wouldn't allow sc
it shortly, in syria that the regime may be cracking with this general defects. what is the latest there? >> reporter: the key for syria is russia and iran and there are indications now that russia may be open to some kind of deal and it is not for any altruistic region but they're trying to preserve what little influence they have inside syria. that is a key russian ally and they would be like to be on the forefront of brokering a deal rather than syria totally fall in the hands of jihadists and somebody risch shuns have no influence on. one of the reasons they may start to talk about the deal is high level defection. this was the general in charge of the military police. when he defected over to turkey it is very nasty thing to say about the regime and president assad because he is now joining the rebels. this is may be why the russians are starting to think about talking to people. there are report that is the syrian deputy foreign minister now in moscow for talks possibly trying to negotiate some kind of settlement, some kind of transition. how that would look where it would be anrd
price tag is being questioned by some. >>> new violence in syria's government. the latest target of military airstrikes coming up next hour. jon: president obama leading the nation in healing after the connecticut school massacre saying friday was the most difficult day of his presidency. meeting with families of victims before attending an interfaith service where he ended the speech slowly reading the first names of 20 children that were killed while cries and sobs filled the room. kelly wright is live at white house the peel of newtown obviously still in a state of shock, kelly. did the president's appearance help ease their pain? >> reporter: jon, i would say many lawmakers agree in fact the president's there did bring some easing of the pain, some comfort to the families that are still dealing with this tragedy. the commander in chief was a parent in chief as he visited each family. posing in some pictures with those who asked. as he spoke to the community the president used scripture, prayer, and spoke with words of comfort, hope, and resolve. >> in the coming weeks i will
the former president will be released soon. >>> escalating violence in syria as rebels capture a key military base. now, more signs that the regime of bashar al assad is crumbling. a live record from the region after this. [ sniffs ] i have a cold. [ sniffs ] i took dayquil but my nose is still runny. [ male announcer ] truth is, dayquil doesn't treat that. really? [ male announcer ] alka-seltzer plus fights your worst cold symptoms, plus it relieves your runny nose. [ breathes deeply ] awesome. [ male announcer ] yes, it is. that's the cold truth! time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest price. and if it finds one, you get refunded the difference. just use your citi card and register your purchase online. have a super sparkly day! ok. [ male announcer ] now all you need is a magic carriage. citi price rewind. start saving at citi.com/pricerewind. >>> we have this just in from johannsburg bureau in south africa. we're learning that
with syria. >>> susan rice bows out. john kerry gets a lot of buzz. who will be the next secretary of state. >>> it works like a printer and plastic parts. some worry it will make plastic guns. ♪ we've been in the sky for our love ♪ -- >> what's up? how are you doing? >> imagine that, what would you do if stevie wonder walked into your recording session. c "en newsroom" starts right now. good morning, everyone, from washington, i'm don lemon. carol is off today. we begin this hour with spiraling concerns over syria and a desperate regime trying to hold on to power. this morning, washington announces it's deploying two patriot missile batteries and 400 troops to our nato ally turkey. it will bolster defenses to syria against its scud missiles and possible chemical weapons. >> it's a challenging time. it's a challenging time. it's a critical time. we just announced, just announced this morning that we are deploying two patriot batteries here to turkey, along with the troops that are necessary to man those batteries so that we can help turkey have the kind of missile defense it may very we
. a report. >> a small corner of the violence that is ravaging syria every day. this is the look at a town in the north. activists maimed seven women -- named seven women and two children they say died in the rubble after bombs were dropped by aircraft. there was even greater carnage further south. a town was attacked by rebels just a few days earlier, and activists said the regime struck back with jets, firing rockets at a bread line near the bakery. the regime said its army struck back at rebel fighters year, killing and injuring many of them. hardly a good moment for the peace envoy to be visiting damascus in search of a solution. whatever may have emerged in his talks with bashar al assad, he was not giving much away. >> i briefed the president about my meetings and talks with officials in the region and beyond and about the steps i think i necessary to help the syrian people come out of this crisis. the situation in syria remains worrying. we hope all parties will be able to find a solution that meets the aspirations and hopes of the syrian people. >> as the regime loses ever more gro
issued a new appeal for $1.5 billion to aid those displaced by the fighting since syria. the u.n. says critical assistance is dated for those inside syria as well as the refugees who fled to jordan, iraq, lebanon, turkey and the to. >> the violence in syria is raging across the country and there are really no more safe areas where people can fully and find safety as most parts of the country have now become engulfed in violence, including in damascus. >> the combination of prolonged violence, the scale and scope of destruction, the winter that is already here has just intensified the urgency to scallop response. >> the u.n. says its latest appeal for syria marks its largest short-term humanitarian appeal ever. the u.n. now warns the number of syrian refugees will likely double to more than 1 million in the next six months. the obama administration has blocked a u.n. security council resolution condemning israel's latest expansion of settlements in the occupied west bank. israel has announced the construction of thousands of new settlement homes following last month's historic recogniti
to speed now, a shocking number of dead and wounded today in a small village in syria. >> terrified survivors. witnesses say people were standing in lines for bread when a syrian military jet bombed the bakery. more than 100 people were reported dead. that number may go way up as night goes on. full report from the region in just a moment here on cnn. >>> nine days left before you face a new year with higher taxes. apparently a fiscal cliff solution is not wrapped up as a gift under your christmas tree. makers are home for the holidays. house speaker john boehner is in ohio, president obama is in his native hawaii. you'll hear about a last ditch effort that may happen after the holiday. that story just a few moments away here as well. >> a united states senator was arrested for drunk driving early sunday morning. idaho republican was taken to jail in alexandria virginia after midnight. he was stopped for running a red light and charged with driving under the influence. the senator has issued an apology. he was released on $1,000 bond and he has a court date. >>> christmas, two days
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